Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their societies affected by the conflict to prosperity.
SPARK is a dynamic development and nonprofit organization with over 80 staff members from various countries who help young entrepreneurs start or expand their own businesses. SPARK achieves its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, coaching and mentoring SMEs, business incubation, SME financing, intensive courses of professional higher education, curriculum development and quality assurance in universities and higher education institutes.
SPARK runs entrepreneurship programmes for refugees and other vulnerable people in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. We invest in their entrepreneurial potential, helping them to gain economic independence and create jobs that benefit themselves and their communities.
We are looking for a Programme Officer to support the THSN Project Manager in the day to day management of THSN activities and its partners under supervision of the THSN Programme Manager.
The Refugee Start-Up is a project dedicated to giving refugees the skills and the resources to set up their own businesses and create jobs. This programme will be launched in France and Germany in 2017, and there are plans to expand it to other European countries in the coming years. The Refugee Start-up Programme offers tailored educational workshops, technical trainings and financial support to refugee entrepreneurs. It is focused on recently arrived asylum seekers, with brilliant business acumen, that have a high chance of being granted asylum or subsidiary protection. Turning the refugee narrative on its head, SPARK will give refugee entrepreneurs the skills and tools to set up businesses and create jobs. We hope to increase start-up businesses amongst this population and reduce the number of failed businesses of this group by providing support services. The programmes within it will advise, protect and support refugee’s businesses; so that refugees may become self-sufficient and contribute to the communities they now live in.
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